Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Paperback Book
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In Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen shares the events of her own life to illuminate our own.

From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen tells life as she has lived it.

She acknowledges the passing years, from the generational shrinking of underwear to facing the fact that her knees make 'this noise like Rice Krispies' when she exercises.

Despite its downsides, she says, aging brings wisdom, and a perspective that makes life satisfying and even joyful.

Honest, witty and moving, this irresistible memoir celebrates all our lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Autobiography: literary
  • ISBN: 9780099559030

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This book was well out of my comfort zone.<br/><br/>I always feel awkward when it comes to reviewing memoirs, because who am I to judge someone's past when they've offered it up so? It's even more difficult with this one because I feel I'm too young to properly understand it, although she does go back to her earlier days. There are some beautiful moments, and things that I do fully understand, but I feel like it's directed at a certain, slightly older, audience and so alienates younger readers. <br/><br/>Written in a very adult style, if perhaps a little old-fashioned, this memoir nevertheless has a strong message to portray. I'm too young to fully appreciate this book, but I know it's something that my mother would enjoy reading.<br/><br/>This book is filled with life-lessons. It delivers important messages about love and life, and mocks marriage a little - not in any serious way, rather in a fond way.<br/><br/>I particularly liked the message about friends - that they are the go-to people, the coping mechanism for us all. She pointed out some things that should have been obvious, but that we all probably take for granted.<br/><br/><i>To be a good friend and to appreciate the value of friendship requires honesty and concentration.</i><br/><br/>Are you a good friend? I like to think that I am.

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